CPD course in Digitial Creativity: 23 November 2013: Edinburgh

Come along to Edinburgh University on Saturday 23rd November and learn about how to make web pages, edit videos, create computer game characters, design and print 3D objects, make mobile apps using Livecode or AppInventor, create visual programs or animations.  Lots of workshops for teachers of all subjects so please let your colleagues know (this time it’s not just the Computing teachers that get to have all the fun!).  There are also workshops that would interest Primary teachers.  All of the workshops involve free or open source software so you can then use what you learn back in class.
For more information and to book, go to http://onedaydigital.eventbrite.com/

You can choose up to two workshops (one am, one pm) from the following sessions:

Animation
Vectorian Giotto is a powerful and free animation tool for creating 2D animations and interactive presentations. In this session you will explore the features of the tool whilst making short animations for science, literacy and foreign language, and discuss how the software can be applied to different curriculum areas. Animation is not just for art or computing classrooms, it can be an engaging medium across the curriculum.
Suitable for: Secondary teachers of all subjects at all levels.

Website Development
You will learn how to design and build your own website or web app using the latest web technologies including HTML5 and CSS3. No previous coding experience is necessary.  You will learn to code “by hand” using free open source tools.  By the end of the day, you will publish your new digital creation to the web and we will test it works across multiple platforms (desktops, tablets, smartphones).  After the session, we will keep your creation online, and we will show you how you can download it.  You’ll be ready to develop websites with your pupils as a way to consolidate learning or support topic or interdisciplinary learning.
Suitable for: Secondary teachers of all subjects at all levels.

Python
Design and code behaviours for a video game character. This workshop will introduce the basics of programming for video games using the Python programming language. In this session you can create custom behaviours and animations for a video game character and build a virtual obstacle course.
Suitable for: Teachers of National 4 / National 5 Computing

MAKLab
MAKLab is Scotland’s first open access digital fabrication studio. During the workshop you can create a 3D model of an object of your choice in 3D software and then print the physical object on a 3D printer. The process of creating a 3D object is a memorable and meaningful learning experience. The cost of 3D printers has reduced and schools and local authorities are purchasing them as shared devices for use across the curriculum, particularly for product design, prototyping, model making and jewellery design.
Suitable for: Secondary teachers of all subjects at all levels, particularly CDT, Art and Computing.

Processing
Processing is an open source programing language, community and development environment. In this workshop you will learn how to rapidly demonstrate computational principles with striking interactive visual output. There will be scope to be responsive to the needs of the attendees and explore way of teaching elements of programming you find tricky. This will be hands on, fun and you will make something interesting.
Suitable for: Teachers of National 4 / National 5 Computing

LiveCode
Livecode is an easy to learn, open source, high level language for creating programs and mobile apps for a variety of platforms including Windows, iOS and Android. The LiveCode introductory session will take you through creating a short interactive eBook working with text, simple animation and using sound. You will then create a simple, side scrolling hot air balloon game working with moving background images to give the illusion of movement, controlling an on-screen element, and detecting collisions to collect bonus points or end the game when you collide with negative elements.These are activities that would be suitable for using with a National 4/5 Computing class. At the workshop you will also get resources for teaching Livecode with classes up to Higher level.
Suitable for: Teachers of National 4 / National 5 / Higher Computing plus other interested subject teachers

App Inventor
We have to provide students with an experience of Computing Science that’s not only accessible and exciting, but real world. What better way to do this than tapping into the mobile revolution? This workshop will provide an overview of the RSE/BCS Computing Science exemplification project and focus on how teachers might use “I Love My Smartphone” to introduce mobile app development in the classroom.
Suitable for: Teachers of National 4 Computing plus other interested subject teachers
This is a not for profit event.  If you have questions or queries about this event please email digitalmakersscotland@nesta.org.uk

Curriculum for Excellence updates

Education Scotland
 

CfE and Glow News                                                                 August 2013

Welcome to CfE and Glow News
The CfE and Glow News e-update provides you with updates on Curriculum for Excellence and support for practitioners, along with all the latest developments within Glow.Read the August issue of CfE and Glow News to find out about the following.

  • Scottish Learning Festival
  • National Qualifications
  • Curriculum for Excellence
  • Education Scotland’s Learning Blog – recent posts
  • Learning with Devices
  • Glow services update
  • Glow TV events coming up.

Is it okay to copy an Edubuzz photo and put it on Facebook?

Question:  Is it okay for a parent /carer to copy a photo from Edubuzz and put it on Facebook?

Answer:     It is clearly okay for a parent to do what he or she wants with his/her own child’s photograph.  If other children are included in this photo the parent/carer should check with the children involved, or their parents/carers, that they don’t mind their photos being put on Facebook.

 This is exactly the same rule as we teach the children: you shouldn’t share photos or video recordings of people without asking their permission. Parents /carers can help support that teaching by setting an example themselves. 

If  any parents/carers  particularly object to their child’s photos being posted on Facebook, you can remind them that you can tell Facebbok to ask your permission before allowing anyone to tag you in any photos. This won’t stop them being uploaded, of course, but it makes them much less easy to find.

 We do not usually assert copyright of the contents of our web sites, so there is no legal, intellectual property, issue at stake.

For more information, go to this website  https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Primary/